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Titan Medical Integrates Industrial Robot Into Robotic Surgical System

April 20, 2010 6:22 am | News | Comments

Titan Medical Inc. (TSX VENTURE: TMD) has selected KUKA Robotics Corporation, a supplier of industrial robots, to supply its Lightweight Robot (LWR) to be integrated with Amadeus, a next-generation robotic surgical system currently under development by the company. The LWR is a 7-axis jointed-arm robot that performs demanding tasks requiring maximum precision and sensitivity while having a powerful touch that is very close to the motion sequences of the human arm.

Study Shows California RN-Patient Staffing Law Works

April 20, 2010 6:18 am | News | Comments

A major new study led by one of the nation's most eminent nurse researchers provides compelling new evidence that California's landmark RN-to-patient staffing law reduces patient mortality, assures nurses more time to spend with patients, and substantially promotes retention of experienced RNs. The study is the latest piece of scientific evidence to bolster the case for increasing RN staffing in hospitals and for limiting the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time and is being proposed now in pending legislation, the Patient Safety Act (HB3912/SB890), currently before the Massachusetts legislature.

STERIS, FDA Reach Agreement

April 20, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

STERIS Corporation announces it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the terms of a consent decree regarding its SYSTEM 1® liquid chemical sterilization system. Included in the agreement is a Transition Plan with a Rebate Program for current SYSTEM 1 Customers in the U.


Tamper-Evident Cap For Oral Dispensers

April 19, 2010 7:24 am | Medi-Dose, Inc./EPS, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Dispensing oral narcotics and medications of abusive potentiality requires stringent controls. Medications must be rigidly accounted for and protected throughout the hospital dispensing system. Complementing its line of TampAlerT tamper-evident syringe caps for luer lock syringes, the new EPS TampAlert Tamper-Evident Cap for Oral Dispensers helps pharmacists and nurses provide this protection for oral medication.

First Robotic Surgery For India

April 19, 2010 7:09 am | News | Comments

In a rare cancer surgery, doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) operated on a 50-year-old patient with assistance from a robot. P.N. Dogra, head of the department of urology, performed the robot-assisted anterior pelvic exenteration on a woman suffering from cancer of the urethra and urinary bladder.

Conservative Surgery Comparable To Nephrectomy

April 19, 2010 6:26 am | News | Comments

The latest results from a European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer study were presented in a plenary session at the Anniversary EAU Congress, and showed that conservative surgery is not inferior to radical renal surgery or nephrectomy in addressing kidney cancer. Amongst the study's pertinent findings were that overall survival rates did not differ enough between the two groups to find one approach more preferable.


Opinions Range On Volcanic Ash Health Risks

April 19, 2010 6:05 am | News | Comments

Eliane Engeler, AP Europeans should try to stay indoors if ash from Iceland's volcano starts settling, the World Health Organization warned Friday as small amounts fell in Iceland, Scotland and Norway. WHO spokesman Daniel Epstein said the microscopic ash is potentially dangerous for people when it starts to reach the Earth because inhaled particles can enter the lungs and cause respiratory problems.

Brain Implant Melts Into Place

April 19, 2010 5:51 am | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a brain implant that essentially melts into place, snugly fitting to the brain's surface. The technology could pave the way for better devices to monitor and control seizures, and to transmit signals from the brain past damaged parts of the spinal cord. “These implants have the potential to maximize the contact between electrodes and brain tissue, while minimizing damage to the brain.


California DOH Continues Crack Down On Preventable Mistakes

April 19, 2010 5:36 am | News | Comments

The CDPH reported the patient had to undergo two additional surgeries after her hysterectomy to remove the sponge. This is reportedly the second penalty issued against the hospital since 2007. It was about this time that the CDHP began stepping up their punishments for hospitals and medical centers that were guilty of preventable mistakes.


April 16, 2010 7:33 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

The surgical case is delayed and I am getting restless. I anticipate a very difficult dissection. The cancer has returned after extensive prior treatment with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Now we wait as the final preparations take place. Time passes very slowly. For the rest of this blog, click here .

Smith & Nephew Expands Portfolio

April 16, 2010 7:22 am | News | Comments

The Advanced Wound Management Division of Smith & Nephew, Inc. will launch extensions to its ACTICOAT™ Silver Coated Antimicrobial Barrier Dressing portfolio at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care this weekend. The ACTICOAT range of antimicrobial dressings helps in the management of wounds at risk for infection.

Hospitals Update Visitation Rules

April 16, 2010 7:13 am | News | Comments

President Obama ordered new rules that will give gays and lesbians the right to visit their partners in the hospital and make decisions about their care, a marriage benefit sometimes denied to same-sex couples. The president ordered his health secretary to issue these regulations to all hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid, which nearly all do.

No Plea Bargain For Jackson's Doctor

April 16, 2010 6:58 am | News | Comments

Linda Deutsch, AP The lawyer for Michael Jackson's doctor says there will be no plea bargain in the involuntary manslaughter case, though he worries whether an impartial jury can be seated for a trial in the death of one of the world's most famous entertainers. The case against Dr. Conrad Murray is complicated, involving drugs, dosages, medical protocols and other complex issues.

Surgeries Prevented By Magnetically Lengthening Girl's Leg As She Grows

April 16, 2010 6:42 am | News | Comments

Nine-year-old Morgan LaRue is the first cancer patient in Texas to benefit from a procedure that will magnetically lengthen her leg, sparing her the possibility of up to 10 future surgeries as her body grows. The implant and extension took place at Texas Children’s Cancer Center in Houston.


Iceland's Volcano Ash Continues To Present Risks

April 16, 2010 6:18 am | News | Comments

Eliane Engeler, AP Europeans should try to stay indoors if ash from Iceland's volcano starts settling, the World Health Organization warned Friday as small amounts of ash fell in Iceland, Scotland and Norway. WHO spokesman David Epstein said the microscopic ash is potentially dangerous for people when it starts to reach the Earth because inhaled particles can enter the lungs and cause respiratory problems.


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